Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez challenged his Republican counterpart to commit to not using data stolen by foreign governments after the Mueller report confirmed Russia engaged in hacking during the 2016 election.
“As the leaders of our country’s two largest political parties, we have a responsibility to protect the integrity of our democratic process,” Perez wrote in an open letter to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel published through Medium on Monday.
“That’s why I urge you to join me in condemning the weaponization of stolen private data in our electoral process.”
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Perez was taken back by Giuliani’s statements. “This is an affront to our democracy that must be condemned by anyone who cares about our country’s future,” he wrote.
The chairman went on to say that the RNC refused to make such a commitment in the last election and that the Trump campaign “gleefully sought to benefit” from the cyber attacks.
“In this age of cyber-warfare, we owe it to the American people to make sure that the election is decided by the will of the voters, not foreign governments,” Perez wrote, adding, “This is not about red and blue. This is about red, white, and blue.”
The DNC chairman doubled down and said his organization would not encourage, seek out, or use stolen data in the 2020 election.
When asked for comment, the RNC pointed to a previously made statement from McDaniel:
“Any breach of our political organizations – regardless of party – is an affront to all of us, and we should come together as Americans to prevent it from ever happening again. It’s important we do all we can to safeguard our future elections.”